Monitoring the Thursday morning commute

October 25, 2012

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

The Capital Weather Gang forecast predicts pleasant, lovely temperatures. But there could be some patchy fog this morning, which might impair visibility as you head out. 

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And that’s it for our morning liveblog. Safe travels. 

Checking in on major arteries

Here’s how things look on several big arteries this morning:

  • I-95 North is very jammed south of the Prince William Parkway. Congestion remains on through to the Springfield Interchange, but things do appear to be moving as you get north of Dale City.
  • The outer loop of the Beltway is crowded but flowing at the American Legion Bridge.
  • I-66 East really slows down once you pass the Dulles Toll Road.
  • The Beltway is remarkably clear and uncrowded in both directions near the I-95 split near College Park.
  • I-270 South is slow near Rockville but much less congested approaching the spur.

Red Line headaches possible in both directions

Red Line trains bound for Shady Grove are encountering some delays between Gallery Place and Fort Totten as a result of the train that off-loaded at Fort Totten. In addition, a train heading to Glenmont off-loaded at Rockville due to an equipment problem, which could lead to some issues heading that way.

Potential Red Line issues

Red Line riders might encounter some delays near Fort Totten. A train bound for Shady Grove just off-loaded at that station. Another train is behind it at Takoma, but watch for crowding or delays.

Inbound New York Ave. open near Benning Rd.

The accident on inbound New York Avenue before the Benning Road exit has been cleared and all lanes are open.

Disabled vehicle on outer loop in Va.

A disabled vehicle on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Little River Turnpike is blocking the left lane. 

Accident on I-66 East in Centreville

An accident on I-66 East in Centreville is blocking the left shoulder and could create problems there. 

Accident on inbound New York Ave.

An accident on inbound New York Avenue before the Benning Road exit is on the right shoulder and could slow traffic heading that way.

No lanes blocked on inbound 14th St. Bridge

Police report that nothing was found on the inbound 14th Street Bridge near Ohio Drive. All lanes are open and moving. 

Crash reported on inbound 14th Street Bridge

The D.C. police are responding to a reported accident on the inbound 14th Street Bridge near the Ohio Drive exit. This area is typically slow at this point in the morning, but watch for additional delays. 

Orange Line delays

Orange Line trains heading to Vienna are encountering residual delays as a result of an earlier door problem on a train at Smithsonian. Expect delays between McPherson Square and East Falls Church.

Disabled vehicle on Fairfax County Parkway in Burke

A disabled vehicle on the northbound Fairfax County Parkway at Lee Chapel Road in Burke is blocking the right lane.

Crash on outer loop in Md.

A crash on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Annapolis Road exit is blocking one of the shoulders.

Accident on I-95 South in Md.

An accident on I-95 South before Powder Mill Road is blocking one of the shoulders.

VA 123 lane still blocked in McLean

The accident on Dolley Madison Boulevard/VA 123 at Great Falls Road in McLean is now just blocking the southbound left lane. 

Crash blocking VA 123 lanes in McLean

An accident on Dolley Madison Boulevard/VA 123 at Great Falls Road in McLean is blocking the southbound center lane and right lane. This is just north of the Dulles Toll Road, so expect delays if you’re heading that way.

I-395 South lanes reopen near Washington Blvd.

The accident on southbound I-395 near Washington Boulevard has been cleared and the left two lanes and the left shoulder have reopened.

Beltway shoulders blocked by crash, disabled vehicle

An accident on the inner loop of the Beltway is blocking the right shoulder at the Little River Turnpike. Meanwhile, a disabled vehicle on the outer loop is blocking the right shoulder at I-66.

Backlick Road reopens in Annandale

The accident on Backlick Road is no longer blocking the roadway at John Marr Drive in Annandale. Fairfax County Police report that the road has reopened after they investigated a crash there. 

Accident blocking Backlick Rd. at John Marr Dr.

An accident on Backlick Road at John Marr Drive is blocking the north and southbound lanes and shoulders. Avoid Backlick Road and expect delays in the vicinity of this intersection in Annandale. 

Crashes block U.S. 1 lanes in Virginia

Two accidents are blocking lanes on northbound U.S. 1 in Virginia:

  • One crash is blocking the left lane near the Fairfax County Parkway.
  • The other accident is blocking the right outside lane near Ladson Lane.

I-395 South lanes blocked near Washington Blvd.

An accident on southbound I-395 near Washington Boulevard is blocking the left two lanes and the left shoulder. 

Lane reopened on I-95 North

The accident on I-95 North in Triangle has been cleared from the left lane, but it is still blocking the left shoulder. 

Crash on I-95 North

An accident on I-95 North in Triangle is blocking the left lane and left shoulder. 

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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